When a smaller vehicle is hit by a semi-truck it can have tragic results for all parties involved. The occupants of the car or pickup suffer extreme physical and emotional trauma, property damage, paralysis, and even loss of life. The truck driver, if found responsible, could lose their license, livelihood, and freedom. Over the years our trucking accident attorneys have seen how this tragedy has affected the lives of families.
In order to protect all motorists, our trucking accident attorneys want to remind truckers of these important safety tips.
- Have a Plan
“Many driving experts preach the importance of ‘defensive driving.’ However, this indicates reacting to situations as they come up. This means you are not taking preventative measures to control your own actions,” Scott Mann says, trucking accident attorney. “It’s much safer to have a ‘good offense’ based on defensive driving techniques. Truck drivers need to be proactive and make safe decisions that prevent accidents, rather than reacting at the last second.”
- Following Distance
Most trucking accidents are the result of following too close. Since they are such massive vehicles, it takes at least 100 yards for semi-trucks to come to a complete stop. This is why truck drivers should keep at least 3 truck lengths (a 4-second interval) between vehicles.
- Use Your Mirrors
“Semi-trucks are especially vulnerable to blind-spots, which is why truck drivers need to use their mirrors at all times,” Mike Wyatt explains, trucking accident attorney. “Do not change lanes without making sure it’s absolutely safe to do so. If not, you will either collide with a vehicle in your blind spot, or swerve back into your own lane to find another vehicle waiting. Either way, it’s an accident waiting to happen unless you know precisely what vehicles are in the other lane and what is behind you.”
- Know Your Route
Truck drivers should always be prepared for emergencies. One of the best ways is by planning ahead and knowing the route. Avoid hitting your destination during rush hour traffic. Keep a truck stop guide and know the locations of fuel, food and rest areas. Plan accordingly by checking ahead for inclement weather, road conditions, or construction that could slow down the trip.
When you’ve been injured in an accident, you need a trucking accident attorney on your side. Please call our office today for a free consultation. Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys will give you the personalized treatment you deserve!